On September 26th, the Government of Colombia and FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia), signed a peace agreement in Cartagena after four years of negotiations to end the 52-year civil war. The agreement includes agreements on six major areas (five thematic and one more procedural) identified as crucial to the process.
A pathway to build a future in peace seems to be attainable, but many challenges remain to be addressed and resolved in the near future. In order to illuminate this historical agreement Stefan Åström will in this lecture point to the conflicts historical causes, why earlier attempts to a negotiated peace failed and why it succeeded this time. Furthermore the main challenged to implement the agreement will be discussed, both in the shorter and longer perspective.
Stefan Åstrom has worked with the demobilization, disarmament and reintegration of former combatants (DDR) in Latin America since the mid-1990s, except from during the time when he worked in Bosnia in the early 2000s. He has worked with both the UN (eg MINUGUA, UNHCR and UNDP) and the OAS (The Organization of American States) in Colombia during all these years. Now he’s back in Sweden again and work with DDR issues for FBA (Folke Bernadotte Academy).
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